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I Haven't Been Cooking :( 
Sep. 21, 2011 8:45 am 
Updated: Sep. 24, 2011 12:22 pm
My kitchen has been silent.  It’s pretty much a ghost town in there.  You would think it would stay clean, though!  But no, it seems that when I am in a non-cooking phase it’s actually more cluttered because I am not there regularly to tidy up the debris that seems to pile up.
I started college this week, my first time back in school in 15 years.  Plus we are having some of the busiest weeks of the year for the pyro company.  On top of that, everyone in the house seems to be flirting with a cold virus.  Nothing major has developed and we are trying to keep it that way!
So I have plenty of excuses.  But who doesn’t?  It’s a matter of priorities.
We have fallen into the terrible habit of eating out most meals.  That means I’m not well stocked up on basic items to make dinners at home.  Which makes it easy on a busy to day just throw in the towel and head for the restaurant.  Who has the time to run to the grocery store, which would be necessary for almost any meal I would make?  It’s a vicious cycle.
But I have stocked up on the necessities and even frozen some easy meals that just need reheating.  Now it’s a matter of getting back into the habit of cooking.  I never realized how cooking is a behavior that needs to be reinforced.  Before, I just automatically had a dinner plan in mind from early in the day, if not days ahead.  Now, it sneaks up on me and without a game plan, I find the car keys appearing in my hand.
So I have the infrastructure in place.  It’s time to just do it!  They say it takes about 21 days to turn a behavior into a habit.  For the next three weeks, I’m going to make an effort to cook at home at least 5 nights a week.
The other two nights, we can still go out.  If we didn’t, I think our “regular” restaurants would send out a search party!!!
Sep. 21, 2011 11:11 am
Lol!! trust me u want to break the habit! its a terrible thing.. when i first moved out & started keeping house on my own, it was a terrible thing. the way work (especially in the kitchen) accumulated and like u say it was easy to just grab the car keys and head out.. after all, what beats having someone cook for you, wait on u and cleanup after u? guess u just compromise on ur health and ur wallet.. I learned the hard way.. and after a few words of advice from the awesome ladies on the buzz, now I'm lots better.. maybe u just need to get back in the habit but IMHO cooking regularly is a habit very easy to break... :)
Sep. 21, 2011 2:48 pm
Ah, it is a matter of being well stocked in the pantry and freezer so those meals can be made when you are pooped or just not in the mood to really cook (in my case it's because I can always find something more fun to do like take Bane to the park or go ride our horses or..). Last night I asked my son if he wanted to go out to eat. He will be gone week after next so I thought we could do something different since the DH is gone right now. DS said nope, he would rather have leftovers. I think he might be missing Mom's cooking already. LOLOL We'll see how many requests I get when he is gone for "care" packages. :)(:
Sep. 21, 2011 5:06 pm
Don't sweat it, Michelle. We all need a break now and then. You'll get back to it once things settle down. I've been skating this week because it's purge time to get ready to be gone for 3 weeks. All that's left now is Nephew-Kevin food. He's 22, need I say more?
Sep. 21, 2011 5:08 pm
Cat - When you do start sending care packages, it's a neat trick to use real (popped) popcorn for the packing material. Line the box with plastic first! And if you send an Easter basket, jellybeans. It's what Mom did for Bro and I when we were in the Navy. Loved it!!
Sep. 24, 2011 12:22 pm
After being a stay-at-home-mom for about twenty years, I went back to college almost two years ago. Last semester a class internship turned into a real job - my first in twenty some years - so I am in the same boat. Meal planning is the only thing that saves us from take out! congrats on going back to school, hang in there.
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I am the mother of 3 - 22 & 19 yr old boys and a 10 yr old girl. We have a pyrotechnics company and get to experience fun events all over the state and country. After a lifetime of rarely leaving Washington State, I love experiencing new foods during our travels.
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Just about anything except baking. I like to "wing it" when I am cooking which isn't good for baking. And it's also a problem when everyone loves something I made. It can be difficult to come up with the same thing twice. We dine at restaurants the majority of the time but I love being able to make a home-cooked meal for my family.
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When I was about 10, my sister and I tried to make a recipe for Shepherds Pie that used instant mashed potatoes but we neglected to prepare the potatoes before adding them on top. It turned out glue-like but the adults did a great job of eating some of it and telling us it was "just fine". But there was a lot of water consummed with that meal!!!
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